So much discrimination and hatred towards the LGBTQ + community stems from a lack of understanding of their lives, experiences and struggles.
While group discussions, demonstrations, exhibitions and inclusive policies are just some of the ways to foster understanding and acceptance of the LGBTQ + community, another subtle but undeniable way is the power of cinema.
We asked the Rappler community about their favorite queer movies and TV shows – here are some of their suggestions.
Anita’s Last Cha-Cha (2013)
Anita’s last Cha-Cha (Aniti’s Last Cha-Cha) is a Filipino film about a 12-year-old girl Anita who falls in love with a new woman in town, Pilar. Set in a rural community in Bulacan, the film revolves around Anita’s journey towards puberty, self-discovery and living in a conservative tradition.
This Oscar-winning film portrays a young Negro and his struggles in childhood, adolescence and adulthood – as long as he comes to terms with his identity and sexuality.
Half of that (2020)
To make ends meet at home, high school student Ellie Chu agrees to write a love letter for the Joker at her school. Things turn around when she becomes his friend and falls in love with his crush.
Half of it is available on Netflix.
Die Beautiful (2016)
The Beautiful is a Filipino film about Trish, a transgender woman who dies after being crowned the winner of a gay beauty pageant. As Trish’s friends dress her up as a different person every night after her vigil, they reflect on her life and her struggles and victories as a transgender woman in Filipino society.
Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)
The action takes place in 18th century France, Portrait of a lady on fire is the story of the daughter of a French aristocrat who develops an affair with a painter who commissioned her to make her wedding portrait.
The film won the best screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival 2019. In the same year, it won the Queer Cannes.
Your name engraved here (2020)
Two students fall in love amid homophobia, family pressures and social stigma behind post-war Taiwan.
Your name is engraved here is Taiwan ‘s highest – grossing LGBTQ + film, as well as its most popular film in 2020.
Mom and mother too (2018)
A trans woman working as a sex worker in her late 40s is in an unfamiliar area when she suddenly takes on the role of mother to her niece who has been left without parents. Mom and mom too the chronicle tells of hope in the midst of a seemingly endless struggle.
The main actress in the film, Iyah Mina, was named Best Actress during the 2018 Cinema One Original Film Festival, making her the first transgender Filipina to win the Best Actress award in the history of Filipino film.
Booksmart is the story of the coming of age of two best friends – and academically successful – who realize they may have missed the fun moments of high school. On the eve of graduation, the girls try to squeeze four years of adventure into one night.
Happy Together (1997)
A romantic drama about a turbulent relationship between a male couple, Happy Together is a Wong Kar-wai film starring Tony Leung and Leslie Chung.
The film was hailed as one of the best LGBTQ + films of all time, taking third place in the 2016 British Film Institute poll.
What it looks like (2014)
The life of Leonard, a blind teenager seeking independence, is going through a turnaround after the arrival of a new student at his school, Gabriel.
A shocking story of friendship and love, How does it look like won the Teddy Award for Best LGBTQ + Film at the 2016 Berlin International Film Festival.
Pose deals with the New York drag ball scene, an LGBTQ + subculture among black and Latino communities between the late 80s and early 90s. The TV series is a favorite with fans and critics, with numerous awards and nominations, including an Emmy for Best Drama Series and Best Actor for Billy Porter.
Day by day (2017-2020)
Based on the 1975 TV show of the same name. Day after day follows three generations of Cuban-American families living under one roof: a military veteran dealing with PTSD, her children and her traditional mother.
The series has been nominated three times for the GLAAD Media Award for Best Comedy Series.
2gether: Series (2021)
Is fake-relationship-real your favorite fiction? 2gether: Series offers LGBTQ + spin – a student turns to his colleague to convert a relationship so he can escape from a persistent fan.
An adaptation of the Thai novel of the same name from 2019, the series is credited with contributing to the prominence of the genre of love for a boy (BL).
Queer Eye (2018-present)
Re-launch of the 2003 reality series of the same name. Queer Eye follows Fab Five, a team of professionals who use their experience in food, fashion, design, grooming and culture to improve people’s lives.
A fan of the sci-fi genre? Creators behind Matrix i Babylon 5 bring it to us Sense8A Netflix series about eight individuals around the world discovering their ability to telepathically experience each other’s lives.
The series is praised for its diverse characters and progressive approach to the themes of sexuality, gender and identity.
Schitt’s Creek (2015-2020)
Having found themselves broken and homeless after being deceived, the Rose family has to leave their lavish lives and settle in a neglected motel in a rural town.
Schitt’s Creek he was praised for his portrayal of a pansexual character and a healthy story about a homosexual relationship. (Still, we all need Patrick Brewer in our lives.)
Another healthy story about a homosexual relationship, Heartstopper is an adaptation of the popular web comic Alice Oseman.
“Heartstopper tries to create a queer utopia by converting the usual images from heterosexual love movies – kissing in the rain, holding hands in the theater, painting in a photo booth, throwing longing glances from the other side of the room … Reveals how magical these moments are and can be when you discover them for the first time, ”writes Jason Tan Liwag in his review.
Placed in pandemic quarantine 2020. Gameboys shows the story of Cairo, who loses to his colleague Gabriel in an online game. Cairo wants a rematch, but Gavreel wants something in return – a meeting.
Queer as Folk (2022-present)
Gay as a people was just released this month, but is fast becoming a favorite among fans!
Re-imagining the 1999 British series of the same name. Gay as a people focuses on a group of friends who find support in the gay community after the tragedy.
RuPaulova Drag Race
Would the list of queer TV shows you have to watch without them be complete RuPaulova Drag Race?
RuPaulova Drag Race is a long-running reality competition series in search of the next drag superstar. The play was once described as “The next American top model meets Project Runway meets Survivor“, Or a bunch of drag queens wandering around for money.”
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